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Elsie Gonzalez

August 8, 2019

Elsie Gonzalez 93, died August 8, 2019 at Newton Presbyterian Manor.  She was born October 31, 1925 in Emporia, Kansas to Jose and Benita (Sifuentez) Tafolla.


On December 22, 1956 she married Jose “Koda” Gonzalez and he preceded her in death on December 21, 2018.


Elsie worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for nearly 30 years.  She studied and graduated from the El Paso State Hospital in Texas in 1952.



She was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and served on the Altar Society of the church.  Elsie had a deep love and affection for her family. Her greatest joy was seeing family together, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren and their families.  She was an accomplished seamstress and made clothing to share with others and was especially proud of a shirt she made for her late husband Koda. 


Elsie was blessed with three children, daughter: Paula M. Sifuentez Taffolla Whillock of Newton; sons: Socorro and his wife Willabeth and Rolando and his wife Jennifer both of Newton. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. 


She is preceded in death by her husband and parents.


Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday August 14, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with The Reverend Devin Burns presiding.  Recitation of the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the church.  Visitation will at Petersen Funeral Home 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery Newton, Kansas.


Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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11 thoughts on “Elsie Gonzalez

  1. Always loved running into Elsie at church or on the street. She always had that beautiful welcoming smile. Our condolences to her dear family.
    Jack and JoAnne Thaw

  2. My sincerest condolences to the family. I will always remember how beautiful Elsie looked in all the many hats she used to wear to church! She was stunning!

  3. My thoughts & prayers to my family members. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Tia, you will be greatly missed ?

  4. Dear Grandma! I love and miss you dearly hugs from Kentucky you were with friends and family especially Grandpa give him a kiss for me! Rest Easy Sweet Grandma
    Love Always Your Sunshine

  5. My condolences to Paula, Socco and Rolando. While I haven’t seen her in years I will always remember her with love. She was the last of the prior Sifuentez generation. Enjoy your beautiful mansion in the sky Aunt Elsie. Love Sulema

  6. Our deepest condolences. She was truly a special lady. Always sweet and graceful.
    Prayers and love to the family

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